10 Beautiful Jaya Bachchan Songs

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In the first half of the 1970s, Jaya Bachchan, nee Bhaduri, had some landmark films. Most of them had great songs, which made it to radio shows and listener playlists even today.

In the first half of the 1970s, Jaya Bachchan, nee Bhaduri, had some landmark films. Most of them had great songs, which made it to radio shows and listener playlists even today.

To mark her 73rd birthday on April 9, we choose 10 songs from 1971 to 1975. Interestingly, seven of these were sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The list is chronological.

1. Bole Re Papihara – Guddi (1971)

A classic sung by Vani Jairam in raag Miyan Ki Malhar, this was composed by the great Vasant Desai. Gulzar wrote the lines, “Bole re papihara, papihara, nit man barse, nit man pyaasa, nit man pyaasa, nit man tarse”. The song was shot in caves with artistic designs, and filmed on Jaya and Samit Bhanja. Jaya also featured in the prayer ‘Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena’.

2. Jaan-e-Jaan Dhoondta Phir Raha/ Jawani Diwani (1972)

A prime example of R.D. Burman’s innovative arrangements, this huge hit was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. Anand Bakshi wrote the words, and Randhir Kapoor and Jaya were picturised in outdoor locales. The individual voices, changes in pitch and harmonies of the two singers were exemplary.

3. Beeti Na Bitayi Raina – Parichay (1972)

Filmed on Jaya and Sanjeev Kumar, this featured exceptional singing by Lata and Bhupinder. R.D. Burman used a classical base, and Gulzar wrote, “Beeti na bitai raina, birha ki jaai raina, bheegi hui akhiyon ne, laakh bujhai raina”. The song is a regular feature on talent shows.

4. Yeh Jeevan Hai – Piya Ka Ghar (1972)

Though this song featured only a male voice, with Kishore being in great form, Anil Dhawan and Jaya shared equal screen space. Laxmikant-Pyarelal provided the music and Bakshi wrote the words. The title song, sung by Lata, also featured Jaya in a remarkable performance.


5. Raaton Ke Saaye Ghane – Annadata

This was a very difficult song composed by the brilliant Salil Chowdhury, with Lata doing absolute justice. The song was mainly filmed on Jaya with Om Prakash appearing in some scenes. Yogesh wrote, “Raaton ke saaye ghane jab bojh dil pe bane, na toh jale baati, na ho koi saathi, phir bhi na dar agar bujhe diye, sahar toh hai tere liye”.


6. Patta Patta Boota Boota – Ek Nazar (1972)

This was based on a ghazal written by Mir Taqi Mir, with Majrooh Sultanpuri writing the antaras, and this being credited. The opening lines were, “Patta patta boota boota, haal hamara jaane hai, jaane na jaane gul hi na jaane, baagh toh saara jaane hai”. Mohammed Rafi and Lata sang the song filmed on Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan in a garden, with Laxmikant-Pyarelal composing the music.


7. Baahon Mein Chale Aao – Anamika (1973)

Though the film was more known for the Kishore hit ‘Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si’, this Lata gem had its own following. “Baahon mein chale aao, hum se sanam kya parda”, wrote Sultanpuri, as R.D. Burman composed the tune. The song was filmed on Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya.


8. Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina – Abhimaan (1973)

With music by S.D. Burman, Abhimaan had many great songs filmed on Jaya, including ‘Nadiya Kinare’, ‘Ab Toh Hai Tumse’ and ‘Piya Bina’. But the climax duet ‘Tere Mere Milan’ by Lata and Kishore has remained an all-time favourite as she and Amitabh came back together in a stage performance. Majrooh Sultanpuri was in his element here.


9. Roothe Roothe Piya – Kora Kagaz (1974)

Jaya was paired opposite Vijay Anand in this film, which had some wonderful songs by Kalyanji-Anandji. While Kishore’s title track was also filmed on her, there was ‘Mere Padhne Mein Nahin Laage Dil Kyon’ by Lata. There was another Lata beauty ‘Roothe Roothe Piya Manaaoon Kaise’, where Jaya acted naturally. The songs were written by M.G. Hashmat.


10. Maine Kaha Phoolon Se – Mili (1975)

This song featured Jaya with a group of children, as Amitabh watched from a room. Composed by S.D. Burman, it had Yogesh’s lines, “Maine kaha phoolon se, haso toh woh khil khilake has diye, aur yeh kaha jeevan hai, bhai mere bhai, hasne ke liye”. It was sung by Lata with chorus.

After her marriage to Amitabh, Jaya stopped work for a while but had a much talked-about role in Silsila. She made a comeback in the late 1990s, and one of the hit songs filmed on her was the Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham title track in 2001. Of course, when it comes to music, Abhimaan has been her best.

About Narendra Kusnur

Narendra Kusnur is one of India’s best known music journalists. Born with a musical spoon, so to speak, Naren, who dubs himself Kaansen, is a late bloomer in music criticism. He was (is!) an aficionado first, and then strayed into writing on music. But in the last two decades, he has made up for most of what he didn’t do earlier.

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One Comment on “10 Beautiful Jaya Bachchan Songs”

  1. Excellent compilation of Jayaji’s songs. The short script narrative woven around the music video is a real treat to read. Thanks for including this rare gem ” Rathon ke Saaye” which I am hearing after several decades if I am not wrong there is a Malayalam song with the same tune sung by Yesudasji.
    Wonderful job being done by Mr Narendra Kusnur. I eagerly look forward to this section.

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